A separate bill would repeal the sales tax on the use and consumption of residential water. "This is for the people," Sen. Justin Wayne said. "You can buy water from the store and not get taxed, but you get taxed for it at home."
"I cannot tell you that every family in our community has clean water to drink and every farmer's field is not contaminated," Saunders County Attorney Joe Dobesh said.
"This amendment protects the integrity of our nation's highest court and ensures that it remains an independent branch of government," Fischer wrote.
Gage County officials said a plan from Sen. Myron Dorn of Adams to appropriate $4 million in state funds toward paying a $28.1 million judgment would help the county shed a heavy tax burden on its citizens.
Gov. Ricketts on Friday defended the state's switch in priority for COVID-19 vaccinations, saying that data from Nebraska shows the focus should be on getting shots to those ages 65 and over.
Not only are current vaccine allocations to the state being increased, new data shows that six doses rather than five can be administered from each vial of Pfizer vaccine.
"We have to make sure that it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat," Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen said.
A state senator warned that if the legislative process is "perceived to be tainted," it may provide impetus for a commission model similar to that already adopted by a number of states.
A frozen pipe on a 4 million gallon tank at AltEn burst last week, releasing a combination of manure and thin stillage -- a byproduct of ethanol manufacturing -- that traveled more than 4 miles downstream, according to state officials.
The bill (LB4), from Sen. Tom Briese of Albion, would raise the tuition credit for reservists enrolled in public colleges and universities in the state from 50% to 75%.
Any individual who received a 1099-G from the Labor Department, but did not file an unemployment claim, should report suspected fraud.
He also urged Nebraska Republicans who are demanding that the GOP's state central committee censure Sasse to contact the senator and "talk to him (about) why you are unhappy."
Gov. Pete Ricketts holds a news conference Wednesday about the state's fight against coronavirus.
Sen. Terrell McKinney of Omaha said he tried to address Gov. Pete Ricketts' concerns in the bill, which would put characteristics such as protective hairstyles under the definition of race.
There are two Cavanuaghs in the Legislature now, brother and sister, Machaela and John, following in the footsteps of their father, who also served as a state senator before winning a seat in the U.S. House.
The collapse of dozens of bee colonies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's research center near Mead was the first sign something was wrong. Then it was sick dogs and dead raccoons.
AltEn, the operator of an ethanol plant near Mead, has been ordered to immediately cease discharges into its wastewater lagoons until it can dispose of contaminated wastewater.
Supporters of a bill (LB643) from Sen. Ben Hansen of Blair said it would allow them to opt out of any state-mandated vaccine program. Opponents fear it could lead to a resurgence of preventable diseases.
Gov. Pete Ricketts holds a news conference Friday about the state's fight against coronavirus.
Sen. Ben Hansen called his bill a "proactive" measure against what he called "egregious oversteps" by local officials during the COVID-19 pandemic.